“Once water is in there, and they are not sucking that water out, there’s a rebound effect,” Haterius said.
If the school took the trees out today and put up the new track by tomorrow, there could be a rebound effect on the track, causing humps from excess water in the middle of the track as opposed to cracks from too little water, Haterius explained.
“It’s really just a problem all across the way,” she said.
Keeping both parties’ interests in mind, i.e. the track and the trees, MWISD decided to look into moving the trees because moving the track was totally out of the question. Unfortunately, tree moving is a very costly venture. To move all six trees, MWISD would have to spend upwards of $60,000.
Regretfully, they had to nix the idea, Haterius said.
“We love those trees,” she said. “We think they are just beautiful. We researched about moving them, and as you can see, it’s not doable.”
Within the next few weeks, the trees will be cut down and uprooted. While this is the imminent solution, MWISD is not opposed to others coming in and uprooting the trees themselves.
“If anybody has a means to move a tree and they’d like one, we’d sure talk to them about it,” Haterius said. “We just wanted to let the public know that we are not somebody that is trying to get rid of trees, but we have no choice if we want to build a track that will have a good lifetime for us.”